WE knew Anthony Joshua’s next opponent would be Alexander Povetkin weeks ago. It could even be said we knew months ago, as far back as March, or February, when it was announced the controversial Russian would be appearing on an Anthony Joshua undercard in a fight against David Price.
It was at that point we realised Povetkin was in the running, and that if he looked good in Cardiff against Price – which, a couple of shaky moments aside, he did – there was every chance he’d be shoehorned into the mix, as WBA mandatory challenger, and get the fight every heavyweight in the world wants.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion. “The end of March feels a long time ago now.